Monday, October 12, 2009

Catechetical Talk #18: The Life of Jesus Christ

Talk on the Hidden & Public Life of Jesus for my 3 Prayer Groups

THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST

  1. HIDDEN LIFE OF JESUS

  2. PUBLIC LIFE OF JESUS

I. HIDDEN LIFE OF JESUS

A) Nativity

  1. Birth of Bethlehem

  2. Canticle of the angels

  3. Adoration of the shepherds

  4. Circumcision of Jesus

  • Its signification

  • Lessons of the name of Jesus

  • Giving of the name

B) Adoration of the Magi

i) Call of the Magi, the first-fruits of the Gentiles

ii) The extraordinary sign which they observe

iii) Their departure

  1. Disappearance of the star at Jerusalem

  2. Their stay in Jerusalem

  3. Reappearance of the star at Jerusalem

  4. Their return by another route

C) Presentation

i) Legal offering of Jesus by Mary

ii) Christ’s renewal of his oblation of himself to his Father

iii) Recognition of the Messiah

  • By Simeon

  • By Anna the prophetess

D) Flight into Egypt

i) Herold’s anger at being deceived by the Magi

ii) St. Joesph’s dream

  1. Hasty departure of the Holy Family

  2. Massacre of the innocents

E) Sojourn at Nazareth

i) Life prayer and toll

ii) Journey to Jerusalem

  • Jesus among the doctors

  • Finding of Jesus in the temple

F) Death of St. Joseph

II. PUBLIC LIFE OF JESUS

A. His Preparation

  1. His precursor

    • Announced by the prophets

    • His life of penance

    • His providential mission

  2. Baptism of Jesus on the banks of the Jordan

  3. His fast in the desert

  4. His threefold temptation

  5. Testimony given of \Him by St. John Baptist

B. His Doctrine

Mode of Teaching

    1. Unction and simplicity of His language

    2. Sermons

      • On the mount

      • At Capharnaum

      • On Mt. Olivet

      • After the last supper

    3. Parables

  • Of the kingdom of God

  • Of the mercy of God

  • Of morals

Its Characters

a) Perfection of Dogma

  • Complete revelation
  • Knowledge of Mysteries made popular

b) Perfection of Moral

  • Love of God even to sacrifice

  • Love of neighbor, even one’s enemy

  • Self-denial and love of the Cross

  • Counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience

c) Perfect of Worship

  • Prayer taught

  • Sacraments instituted

  • Sacrifice of the Mass

C. His Example and Sanctity

    1. Unspotted life

    2. Continual prayer

    3. Perfect obedience

    4. Sublime charity

    5. Model for all men

    6. Model of all virtues

D. His miracles

i) Some mentioned in the Gospel

  • Seven possessed men delivered

  • Ten facts contrary to the laws of nature

  • Fifteen cures of disease

  • Three resurrections

ii) They proclaim

  • His divine power

  • His divine goodness

  • His divine wisdom

E) His Prophecies

i) Concerning His own Person

  • Passion

  • Death on the cross

  • Resurrection

ii) Concerning His Disciples

  • Denial of St. Peter

  • Betrayal of Judas

  • Descent of the Holy Ghost

  • Tribulations and triumphs

iii) Concerning the Jews

  • Taking and destruction of Jerusalem

  • Definitive ruin of the temple

  • Dispersion of the Jews

  • Vocation of the Gentiles

  • Survival of the Jews

iv) Concerning the Church

  • Universal preaching of the Gospel

  • Reign of Christ by the Cross

  • Hatred of His disciples by the world

  • God’s perpetual assistance

F) His Mission

    1. The Salvation of the world

    2. Established by His miracles and prophecies

    3. Rejected by most of the Jews

G) Enemies of the Saviour : Sadducees and Pharisees

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